Food handler training and certification program

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Become a Ministry of Health certified food handler!

Do you work in the food service industry? Do you want to learn the safe way to prepare food or get your staff certified as a food handler?

If you work in a restaurant, a child-care or long-term care facility, or if you just want to learn more about food safety, this one-day course is designed to meet your needs.

What topics are covered?

This one-day course meets the requirements for food safety training as set out by the Ministry of Health.

Topics covered include:

As an owner or operator why should my staff be certified food handlers?

The Ministry of Health requires that all food premises have at least one certified food handler present at the establishment during all hours of operation. It is important to have more than one staff certified to ensure that there is adequate coverage available at all times.

The course begins with a brief introduction to food safety and speaks to the legislation that enforces food safety standards in Canada and in Ontario. Topics are relevant to your food premises and all staff working within.

What are the payment options?

Payment methods accepted include:

Certification information

Individuals will be certified upon successful completion of the course and exam. A successful pass rate is 70% or 35 questions correct out of 50 overall questions.

The Certificate in Food Handler Training expires five years after the date of completion of the course and exam.

The Certificate in Food Handler Training is accepted and recognized by all public health units across Ontario and meets the requirements listed by the Ministry of Health.

Are there external providers from whom I can obtain food handler training and certification?

Yes, in addition to the food handler training program offered by Public Health Sudbury & Districts, the Ministry of Health recognizes other organizations that also offer food handler training and certification.

The programs listed on the Ministry of Health website are those that have applied and successfully been recognized as meeting the minimum requirements for food handler training and certification. Public Health Sudbury & Districts will also accept certifications issued by any other public health unit in Ontario including the “In Good Hands” course offered by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. For more information about this course, the cost, or to register, visit In Good Hands.

Some of the approved Ministry of Health providers only provide the food handler training, not certification. You may register to take the exam at Public Health Sudbury & Districts upon showing proof of taking and completing an online food handler training course. For proctoring dates and times contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

How do I register?

If you would like to register for one of our food handler training classes, please visit one of our offices. By registering in person you will receive your course material ahead of the day of your course.

For more information on how to register call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free at 1.866.522.9200).

Course dates

Public Health Sudbury & Districts offers weekday, weekend, and evening courses. Some courses are also offered in French.

Go to our Upcoming Events section and search “Food Handler” to see dates and times.

Re-certification and proctoring

Previously certified individuals and individuals who have taken an online course approved by the Ministry of Health may be eligible to challenge the food handler training exam. Proof of certification or enrollment in an approved course is required prior to registering.

There is a cost to this service. If approved to challenge the food handler training exam, or have an exam proctored, please contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts to obtain further details. You must register first and pay the fee.


This item was last modified on June 30, 2020